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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 4 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1104..


Security fences have been completed this year at Macgregor primary, Caroline Chisholm junior school campus and Wanniassa senior campus. The Tuggeranong Sustainable Living Trade Training Centre is largely completed, and the hospitality facility and cafe at Erindale College and the construction workshop at Lake Tuggeranong College are now operating, as well as new facilities at six high schools. The upgrades to the automotive and metal workshop facility at Lake Tuggeranong will be finalised later this year. A number of works at Calwell high have been undertaken, including school frontage upgrades for the trade training centre facilities and painting and carpet replacement. At Hughes Primary School we have committed $2 million to the upgrade program. This is a solid program for our school students.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Berry.

MS BERRY: Minister, have the upgrades at Calwell High School and Hughes Primary School been completed, and what has this work involved?

MS BURCH: The works have been completed at both schools. The frontage works at Calwell High School have turned an area that was barren and without seating or shelter from the elements into an area that provides a park-like setting with spaces to encourage student gatherings. The work includes concrete and gravel paving and seating, walls and elements such as new large trees for shade, mass plantings of native plants, two areas of irrigated turf and a fully automatic irrigation system. These have significantly enhanced school pride and encouraged engagement with the school community.

The painting and carpeting work included full finishes and a colour palette for use by the school, internal painting of the walls, ceilings and doors to the corridors and student circulation areas, new carpets for the corridors, administration area and executive offices, and external painting to eaves, fascias and benches. This has refreshed and enlivened the school and provided a stimulating environment for both teachers and students.

The trade training facility works at Calwell high included a total refurbishment of two home science kitchens to create an industry-standard hospitality kitchen and cafe. This provides a workplace environment to deliver vocational education, training and qualifications for students. The school is already using one of those rooms.

The works at Hughes primary included a full upgrade of the 12 classrooms, refurbishment of the environment centre and the creation of a new front entry with an airlock and access ramp. These works have revitalised the 50-year-old school, with classroom upgrades supporting contemporary teaching and learning styles, and the environment centre enhancing the school's science enrichment program.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, with respect to your comments about the demountables provided to Duffy primary, what provision has been made for heating in winter and cooling in summer for those units?


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